Annual increase in Private School Student attendance at two Russell Group Universities
26th March 2020
The Russell Group consists of 24 universities that are well established within the UK Higher Education system and describe their institutions as 'research-intensive' and 'world-class'. Two of these universities, Edinburgh and Liverpool, have seen a change in their student population since their 2015/16 submissions, with a rise in the number of privately educated attendees.
The Telegraph reported that despite increased efforts to invest in encouraging students from less fortunate backgrounds to apply, over a third of the 24 Russell Group universities have less state education students than they did four years ago. Statistically, during the gap between 2015/16 and 2020, Edinburgh's students from state schools dropped by 4.3% and at Liverpool, by 1.4%.
When spoken to, an Edinburgh spokesperson states that 'School background plays no part in [their] admissions decisions' with Liverpool University adding that they are 'absolutely committed' to admitting students from a wide range of backgrounds.
Read more on the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/13/private-schools-students-have-increased-every-year-two-russell/
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